Canada Immigration Targets 2017

Canada immigration targets 2017

In 2017, Canada’s immigration plan remains strong and aims to welcome 300,000 immigrants – “a new baseline for permanent residents admissions.”




The Canadian government asserts, once again, that “Immigration plays an important role in keeping Canada competitive in a global economy,” so the economic class will continue to account for the majority (57.5%) of all admissions in 2017; the family class will account for 28% and 14.5% will be admitted under the humanitarian and refugee categories.

Canada Immigration Targets 2017
Immigration Category Target
Economic
Federal Economic 73,700
Federal Caregivers 18,000
Federal Business 500
Provincial Nominee Program 51,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business 29,300
Family
Spouses, Partners and Children 64,000
Parents and Grandparents 20,000
Refugees and Humanitarian
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 15,000
Government-Assisted 7,500
Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,500
Privately Sponsored 16,000
Humanitarian 3,500
TOTAL 300,000
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Interestingly enough, according to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), “the approach to the 2017 levels plan was guided by feedback from Canadians gathered over the summer months and from provinces and territories.” Once again, what we have here is the fact that immigration levels are not based on sound economic evidence, so thousands of highly skilled immigrants will be affected negatively. Why? Because these targets are not related to actual job opportunities in Canada.

Canada’s benefits will be limited since there is no plan to fully integrate highly skilled immigrants into the labour market. Will the government tell them that precarious employment is a fact of life in Canada?

Leave a Reply